15 days in Madeira & Azores Itinerary

15 days in Madeira & Azores Itinerary

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— 5 nights
Fly to Terceira, Taxi to Terceira
— 3 nights
Taxi to Terceira, Fly to Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 6 nights


Funchal — 5 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Explore hidden gems such as Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte and Eira do Serrado. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Caravel Art Center and Charlotte's Place. Go for a jaunt from Funchal to Ribeira Brava to see Ethnographic Museum about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Madeira Mountain Expeditions, take in the pleasant sights at Santa Maria Street, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and pause for some photo ops at Anjo da Praca da Assicom.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Funchal road trip planning app.

Boston, USA to Funchal is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Funchal, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Funchal are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Terceira.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
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Terceira — 3 nights

On the 7th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Brasil, then take a tour by water with Sailtours Yacht Charter, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Furnas do Enxofre, head outdoors with Gruta do Natal, and then don't miss a visit to Observatorio do Ambiente dos Acores (OAA).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Terceira trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Funchal to Terceira takes 7 hours. Traveling from Funchal to Terceira, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ponta Delgada.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 6 nights

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Popular historic sites such as Igreja do Santo Cristo and Igreja de Sao Jose are in your itinerary. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Jardim Botanico Antonio Borges will get you outdoors. Step out of Ponta Delgada with an excursion to Islet of Vila Franca do Campo in Vila Franca do Campo--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto do Cabrito, and look for gifts at Louvre Michaelense.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Ponta Delgada day trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Terceira to Ponta Delgada in 2.5 hours. August in Ponta Delgada sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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Madeira travel guide

Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Pearl of the Atlantic
Madeira, the largest island of the eponymous archipelago, serves as one of Portugal's top year-round holiday destinations. Although it draws a growing number of visitors, the island retains much of its relaxed atmosphere and provides an alternative vacation idea for travelers seeking a tropical paradise still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. The capital city of Funchal, settled in the 15th century, attracts the biggest crowds and serves as a convenient stopover for trans-Atlantic cruise ships sailing from the Caribbean. When you get tired of exploring Fuchal's lively streets and beaches, hop on a boat tour of the archipelago for some whale watching or big game fishing.

Azores travel guide

Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.